Outstanding experiences

life-changing opportunities
Extraordinary experiences inspire our students to thrive.

nurturing your child's passions

Whatever your child loves to do, there’s an exceptional experience waiting for them at BIS Abu Dhabi.

Your child will go on life-changing trips and expeditions with their friends, choose from more than 100 co-curricular activities, and learn through exclusive collaborations with UNICEF, The Juilliard School and MIT. Every day, they’ll pursue their passions, overcome challenges, and experience the thrill of new discoveries – all supported by our outstanding teachers, coaches, and pastoral team in our warm and inclusive community.
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Our exclusive collaborations with The Juilliard School, MIT and UNICEF enrich our students’ school experience, both in lessons and beyond the classroom.

The Juilliard School
Our collaboration with the world leader in performing arts nurtures our students’ love of dance, drama, and music.
The MIT-Nord Anglia STEAM programme develops our students’ problem-solving skills through real-world challenges that get them thinking outside the box.
Students are challenged to make a difference both locally and internationally by tackling the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
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At BIS Abu Dhabi, there really is an activity for everyone. We run more than 100 co-curricular clubs that will nurture your child’s talents and passions.
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Performing arts
Our world-leading performing arts programme – delivered in collaboration with The Juilliard School – puts our students in the spotlight.
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Performing arts

From an early age, we encourage all our students to express their creativity. Drama, dance, and music enrich our students’ experience, and are delivered by specialist teachers in purpose-built spaces.

Our creative after-school clubs offer a myriad of exciting opportunities. Your child can audition for our chamber orchestra, join one of our dance groups or – for our born entertainers and aspiring pop stars – have fun with friends at our lip sync battle club.

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Your child will compete in local and national competitions, get fit and healthy, and try new activities in our outstanding sports facilities.
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Our STEAM programme will inspire your child to imagine a world of infinite possibilities, cultivating their creativity, curiosity, and confidence.
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Our STEAM programme in collaboration with MIT develops students who can solve problems, work together, and challenge the norm.

In our dedicated STEAM lab, students strive to solve some of the trickiest puzzles facing the world today. Our STEAM collaboration days deliver university standard learning experiences, where your child will work on challenges set by MIT professors.

After-school activities include our fun Lego robotics club, where students learn about computer programming, how machines work, and develop their reasoning skills.

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The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
On the world’s leading youth achievement programme, your child will do what they love, try something new, and make a real contribution to our community.
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The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

We encourage all our students to take part in The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. The Award supports our holistic educational approach and complements the activities your child will do through our BISAD Diploma programme.

As part of the Award, each student sets their own goals and challenges. They can choose to do what they enjoy or try something different. They also work on social responsibility projects that help others. As they progress, students develop resilience, learn more about themselves, and grow in confidence.

Outdoor Education


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extraordinary trips and expeditions

A world of adventure awaits your child, thanks to once-in-a-lifetime expeditions and residential trips that create lasting memories.
Arusha, Tanzania
On our life-changing trip to Tanzania, your child will learn about the world around them and make a real difference.
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Our citizenship expedition to Arusha in Tanzania teaches students about global responsibility and sustainability, and the important role we play in looking after our planet. Working with the local community on important projects, students increase their understanding of the world, become more independent, and learn the importance of being part of a community.
Les Martinets, Switzerland
Our personal challenge trip takes our students out of their comfort zone, encouraging them to try new things, work as a team, and take risks.
Les Martinets, Switzerland
The personal challenge expedition to Les Martinets in Switzerland encourages our students to push themselves to their limits, supported by world-class guides. Set in the Swiss Alps, students hike through the mountains and take on a series of challenges. Your child will also learn important skills – like cooking and working together under pressure – while creating treasured memories that will stay with them forever.
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Residential trips
Your child will explore the beauty of the UAE through overnight adventures in the mountains, deserts, and along the coast.
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Residential trips

Nothing beats the thrill of a new adventure. And for many of our students, our overnight residential trips are the highlight of the year.

Your child will kayak, climb, and trek at a purpose-built residential camp in Dibba and snorkel, swim, and scuba dive off the coast in Dhow. They’ll also take part in overnight activities as part of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. They’ll be supported every step of the way by highly qualified teachers, staff and coaches – ensuring they flourish.

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Learning outside the classroom
There’s so much to see and learn on our doorstep, from day trips to mosques and museums to afternoons at the theatre and visits to art galleries.
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Learning outside the classroom

Extraordinary experiences away from our campus add an exciting dimension to your child’s learning.

Trips to museums and mosques bring history to life, while our creative programmes are enriched by visits to the theatre and art galleries. Your child will also go to wildlife sanctuaries and parks, and get involved in beach clean ups and local social responsibility projects.

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BIS Abu Dhabi 2024-25 International and National Residential Trips brochure

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health and WELLBEING


Your child’s wellbeing is our number one priority. We know that students who feel safe, supported and included will thrive, both personally and academically.

All our students follow our meticulously planned Personal, Social and Moral Education curriculum. Supported by our highly qualified pastoral team, they learn about healthy lifestyles and develop the tools they need to look after their physical and emotional wellbeing. At our mindfulness co-curricular club, students learn how to manage their emotions and deal with stress.

Our comprehensive safeguarding approach – which includes a National Online Safety Programme – was recognised at the International School Awards in 2022, where we were nominated for a prestigious Safeguarding Award.

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In our inclusive and diverse school community, your child will become a socially responsible young person who makes a genuine difference to the world around them.

Every student is supported to take part in enrichment programmes that give them a global perspective, like The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and Model United Nations. Through our exclusive collaboration with UNICEF, your child will explore global issues – including climate change and the UN Rights of the Child – and influence change on the international stage.

Our BISAD Diploma programme encourages our students to show honesty, respect and kindness, while also helping others. And our House system brings students from different year groups together to work on community-based projects.



Your child will thrive in our inclusive international community, where outstanding facilities play host to exceptional learning experiences.

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